The logjam on Iraqi oil exports could be breaking up. U. N. officials say they will meet with the Iraqis in Vienna on Jan. 6-7 to try to iron out the obstacles to Iraqi oil sales. The Security Council authorized such sales earlier this year, but the Iraqis objected to high pipeline transit fees demanded by Turkey and to other aspects of the U. N. plan. Iraqi exports would further depress the weak oil market.
EDITED BY STANLEY REED